National Newswatch

Government claims victory in dairy dispute with New Zealand

Sep 8 2023 — Alex Binkley — Dairy Farmers of Canada disappointed with CPTPP review of New Zealand’s claims.   Ottawa—While the government was seeing victory in an international ruling on Canadian dairy practices, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) was not cheering the decision by a dispute settlement panel established under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTTP). President David […]

Truss resignation likely to stall Canada-U.K. trade deal, experts say

Oct 20 2022 — — More political tumult in Britain is likely to further stall trade talks with Canada, experts say. U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss stepped down today after a mere six weeks in office following ministers’ resignations over her controversial tax policies. The ruling Conservative Party says it will elect a new leader in a week, who will […]

Canada siding with U.S. in burgeoning CUSMA fight with Mexico over energy policies

Jul 20 2022 — — Canada is backing U.S. efforts to push back against what they consider protectionist energy policies in Mexico that violate North American trade rules. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai says Mexico is unfairly prioritizing its own state-owned energy operations, and shutting out American firms, including solar and wind producers. A spokesperson for Trade Minister Mary Ng […]

Round 2 in the Canada-U.S. dairy dispute coming up

May 31 2022 — Alex Binkley — Canadian TRQ changes don’t satisfy the U.S. Ottawa—Canada and the U.S. will try to iron out their differences on how the federal government’s tariff rate quota (TRQ) system is supposed to work through further consultations under CUSMA, says Trade Minister Mary Ng. Canada made some changes after a CUSMA dispute panel released in early January […]

Canada offers the U.S. a new approach to dairy imports

May 18 2022 — Alex Binkley — Dairy processors welcome the plan.   Ottawa—Canada has proposed changes to its dairy tariff rate quota (TRQ) system to meet U.S. complaints about the one the government implemented after the CUSMA trade was struck. International Trade Minister Mary Ng said a CUSMA dispute panel report issued last Dec. 20 concluded that Canada’s exclusive allocation of […]

New Zealand Says Canada Isn’t Fulfilling CPTPP Dairy Obligations

May 12 2022 — — New Zealand has initiated dispute settlement proceedings against Canada over dairy quotas, the first time it has taken such action under a free trade agreement. The manner in which Canada is implementing dairy tariff rate quotas is inconsistent with its obligations under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, New Zealand Trade Minister Damien […]

Canadian manufacturers hope for exemptions from latest Buy American provisions

Apr 19 2022 — — Canadian manufacturers are once again facing the risk of being hit by U.S. protectionism and the need to fight for crucial exemptions. The challenge comes after the Biden administration announced new procurement guidanceMonday that requires the construction material purchased for federally-funded infrastructure projects to be produced in the U.S. Dennis Darby, head of Canadian Manufacturers […]

Canada faces uphill struggle in push for WTO reforms

Jan 26 2022 — Alex Binkley — Agriculture got some attention at an international trade ministers meeting,   Ottawa-Two late January meetings have shown both the progress and the long road ahead to achieve a strengthening of the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) that was launched almost four areas ago. That’s when Canada joined by Australia, Brazil, Chile, the European […]

Canada joins Mexico’s official complaint arguing U.S. violating new trade pact over auto parts provision

Jan 13 2022 — Ashley Burke — Canada is joining Mexico’s official complaint today requesting a dispute settlement panel over claims the U.S. is violating the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement on trade, the new NAFTA, by insisting on a stricter way of interpreting a key provision around auto parts. Motor vehicles are the top manufactured trade product between the three countries. Canada argues that […]

Canada, U.S. officials to meet in bid to resolve P.E.I. potato dispute

Jan 11 2022 — Katie Simpson — Canadian and U.S. officials are scheduled to meet this week to see if progress can be made to end a dispute that resulted in Canada suspending all shipments of potatoes from Prince Edward Island to the United States. Officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will have a virtual conversation with their U.S. counterparts […]

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